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Taco Bell review – whitewashed Mexican-ish fast food comes to Woolwich
★☆☆☆☆ / Mexican

Taco Bell review – whitewashed Mexican-ish fast food comes to Woolwich

For most British people, their only knowledge of Taco Bell will be from the infamous scenes in Sylvester Stallone’s mildly diverting 1993 sci-fi yarn Demolition Man. In the dystopian future setting of the film, Taco Bell is apparently the *only* restaurant left in the world following the ‘franchise wars of the 1990s’ (as Sandra Bullock’s character explains with a straight face) before inexplicably pivoting to fine dining.

While clearly meant as a cheap joke for American audiences of the time, Taco Bell – like many other fast food franchises – is really a transformational pivot of another kind. Continue reading

Bao Noodle Shop review – the best noodle soup you’ve never heard of
★★★★★ / Chinese / Chinese Noodles / Taiwanese

Bao Noodle Shop review – the best noodle soup you’ve never heard of

That difficult fifth album restaurant is nonetheless a hit Disclosure: on one of my visits, a single dish was offered for free. This offer was not solicited and was accepted out of politeness. Like albums and movies, restaurant sequels are tricky to pull off without flopping like an orca ejected from a plane. A successful … Continue reading